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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey  Lee
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really liked it

Set in Atlanta in the 1890s, The Downstairs Girl is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Before reading this, I had no idea that Chinese people were brought over to the South in place of Black slaves.

I enjoyed the writing from the start and was immediately invested in Jo and those around her, particularly Old Gin and Noemi.

I love the advice that Jo dispenses whilst moonlighting as Miss Sweetie and the way that people around her change because of it. The irony of so many white people taking a Chinese girl’s advice, when most wouldn’t deem her fit to speak to or employ.

All of the characters go through a change during the course of the book though, with a pretty huge twist thrown in before the end for good measure.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this is a great book and I’d recommend it.
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Reading Progress

June 29, 2020 – Started Reading
June 29, 2020 – Shelved
June 29, 2020 –
page 18
4.69%
June 29, 2020 –
page 21
5.47%
June 29, 2020 –
page 45
11.72%
June 29, 2020 –
page 50
13.02%
June 30, 2020 –
page 63
16.41%
June 30, 2020 –
page 82
21.35%
June 30, 2020 –
page 90
23.44%
June 30, 2020 –
page 92
23.96%
July 3, 2020 – Finished Reading

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